Penn State men’s basketball guard Jalen Pickett has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, announced by its conference office.
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— Penn State Men’s Basketball (@PennStateMBB) December 27, 2022
The senior 6-foot-4 guard from Rochester, New York, was one assist shy of a triple-double on Penn State’s 77-68 win over Quinnipiac on Thursday night. Pickett finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Pickett is the first Penn State men’s basketball player to win Big Ten Player of the Week since Lamar Stephen for the week of Feb. 10, 2020.
Picket has recorded four double-doubles and one triple-double far this season, and he is the only player in the country to be averaging at least 16 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Pickett is in the top ten in the conference in each category, highlighted by leading the country in assists.
Pickett also leads the country on assists to turnover ratio (4.65), while being third in the country in assists, averaging 7.8 assists per game.
If Pickett maintains his current pace, he would be only the third player to average 16/7/7 since 1992.
Pickett and Penn State will return to action on Thursday afternoon when they host Delaware State at the Bryce Jordan Center.